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Manuscript Editor I, Journals

The University of Chicago Press

Chicago, IL ~ May 25, 2018

Manuscript Editor I: Edit complex manuscripts in humanities/education/social science for style, grammar, and accuracy, under supervision of senior members of the department. Edit on-screen using XML-based editing software (including checking and entering necessary tagging) to create both online and print editions of scholarly humanities and social science journals; query authors and communicate with them as necessary and appropriate at various stages during the editorial process; review proofs returned from authors; check typesetting and enter corrections in PDF proofs using Adobe Acrobat annotation tools; check and approve final articles to be printed and posted online.

Work with editing colleagues and various departments within the Press. Contact journal office personnel, production controllers, e-pub staff, or others about problems that might be encountered in the editing process, if necessary.


  • Copyedit academic journal articles on a tight production schedule.
  • Guide manuscripts through all production stages from electronic translation through publication.
  • Identify and tactfully solve unique editorial situations with authors, journal office staff, and/or supervisors.
  • Review author proofs and approve final files for publication.
  • Communicate extensively with authors, managing editors, and colleagues, including production staff.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.  
  • Ability to work independently and to interact confidently but flexibly with authors required.
  • Ability to work cordially with colleagues at all levels required.
  • Ability to concentrate and attend to a highly detail-oriented task required.
  • Ability to focus, despite distractions in environment, required.
  • Ability to work on multiple jobs simultaneously, involving manuscripts for different journals, with different styles and procedures.
  • Tact and diplomacy in dealing with authors, editors, and people in other departments required.
  • Willingness to take direction required.
  • Willingness to take responsibility for meeting deadlines required.
  • Background in a foreign language preferred.

Education: Bachelor's degree required. Graduate course work preferred. Experience: A minimum of two years of prior publishing experience in copyediting or proofreading required, preferably in scholarly journals or books rather than newspapers or magazines.


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